About Us

Our Mission

To provide food and other critical services to the poor in a constructive and supportive atmosphere that extends hope and purpose to those less fortunate.  

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a modeled- after faith-based organization enriching the lives of the poor, the sick and the suffering in Pueblo County.  



We believe people in need have value & dignity 


We believe that to honor the poor is to honor God.

We are called upon to be trustworthy & effective stewards of our resources.

We nurture the spirit of volunteerism, the act of generosity, and the commitment to excellence.

We depend on God’s guidance to direct our decisions.

We encourage a sense of ownership, spirit, and pride among staff, volunteers, church partnership, and public constituencies.

We stand by our mission to serve the poor.  

About Us


 Pueblo Cooperative Care Center was established in 1982 in response to a major lay-off crisis by Pueblo’s leading employer (CF&I) currently known as EVRAZ Steel Mills.This situation triggered immediate and unexpected devastation for hundreds of families in Pueblo County. Answering the “call to action,” five local (downtown) churches launched an emergency assistance program to meet the needs of these families.  Today, the Center is the largest emergency FOOD service provider for low income families and individuals serving over 36,000 per year. The church partnership has grown to include 68 churches. Monetary support has also expanded in areas such as corporate, private individuals, Pueblo city/county, United Way, and various foundations. 

Cooperative Care Staff

  • Executive Director - Edie De La Torre
  • Director of Operations - Mona Montoya
  • Administrative Assistant - Dayera Brekke
  • Sedro (Chilo) Martinez

Cooperative Care Board 2017

  • President - Corry Higbee
  • Vice President -  Bob Case
  • Treasurer - Jerry Cordova
  • Secretary - Valerie Haynes
  • Beth Buchanan, Andrew Carrillo, Marian Cowley, Fred Morgan, Fred Patterson, and Sandy Romero

Why We Do What We Do

A recent study by the Colorado Children’s Campaign indicates that Pueblo County’s child poverty rate is at a staggering 26.2%. Pueblo County families exceed the state average in the area of public assistance. The Senior Citizens in poverty rate is 10.8%, also above the state average of 7.6%. You can extend your love to the community by coming along with us on this tremendous journey of love and hope.